ONE Championship: Joshua Pacio has big goals for 2020

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 03, 2020 03:34 PM
ONE Championship: Joshua Pacio has big goals for 2020
“I want to show that being a World Champion won’t stop me from. Improving. In fact, it only motivates me to improve more so I can defend it for a long time,” - Joshua Pacio

ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio proved in 2019 that he truly deserved the belt after defending it against Rene “The Challenger” Catalan at ONE: MASTERS OF FATE in November. 

Now the 23-year-old targets dominance in the stacked division for the upcoming year. 

“I want to show that being a World Champion won’t stop me from. Improving. In fact, it only motivates me to improve more so I can defend it for a long time,” Pacio said. 

The only way he can do that is by adding more to his arsenal with every chance he gets. 

“Every time I fight,” he said, “I need to be a different fighter. I know all the top contenders’ eyes are on me and they’re watching my every move, so they have to see a different athlete each time.”

Pacio’s road to dominance starts on 31 January when he defends his World Title against Brazil’s Alex “Little Rock” Silva in the main event of ONE: FIRE & FURY at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

He knows the danger that Silva presents, and that is why he pushed back his holiday plans just to prepare for the Evolve MMA standout. 

“I’m happy and excited at the same time because this is a brand new challenge for me. As I’ve always said, I am ready to defend my title [against] all comers, and I am really motivated to keep this belt around my waist,” Pacio said. 

“We all know how dangerous Silva is on the ground, that’s why I’ve been training non-stop to make sure that I am ready whatever strategy he decides to go with.” 

More confident now after defending his belt, “The Passion” is not playing around anymore. He plans to hold on to the belt for as long as he can, and given that he is fairly young, his reign could stretch for years.  

“Becoming a World Champion for the second time gave me more motivation to improve, because I know the pain of losing the belt,” Pacio said. 

“My goal is to make sure it does not happen again. They will see a more determined Joshua Pacio on 31 January.”

In the meantime, The Home Of Martial Arts returns to action on 10 January for ONE: A NEW TOMORROW at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. 

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